Sunday, October 14, 2012

Journal 7

I believe that what Sandra Cisneros does best as a writer is her ability to bring her words to life.  She uses many metaphors that makes it seem as if your really there when she's describing something.  The use of her short, choppy sentences is also good because it makes you remember that this book is from a child's point of view and that's how they think/talk.  She brings all of her words to life with such creativity.  She is very good at making you see everything she's talking about.  An example from the book is is the first chapter on page four, "But the house on Mango Street is not the way they told it at all.  It's small and red with tight steps in front and windows so small you'd think they were holding their breath.  Bricks are crumbling in places, and the front door is so swollen you have to push hard to get in."  I really like that quote because she's describing the place where she grew up, which played a big part in the book, and she uses a lot of methaphors, making the house seem as if it's alive.  The theme or idea that stood out to me the most as I finished the book was that standing up for what you believe in is the most important thing you can do for yourself.  Esperanza was so eager to start a new life somewhere else, but eventually found her way back home and realized she didn't have to be like everyone else who lived there and she could still be happy.

An educational or social factor that I think really influences the performance of children in school is their environment at home.  Lack of parenting at home can really hurt a child's performance in school, because if they don't have the motivation to do anything at home and don't have good role models, then they're going to think that they never have to do anything.  Parents who are really involved in their child's education and learning process tend to bring up children who get good grades and are well behaved.  It's important for children to have good role models at home so they are constantly reminded of how to behave.  Children who don't have involved parents tend to lack motivation and don't do as well in school.

Parent being involved in child's education.


  1. I agree, and feel that when a parent is more involved in a child’s education it pushes the child to do better in school.

  2. The children tend to do bad to spite their parents

  3. There likely is a strong correlation between the time parents spend at home helping their children with school work and the grades that student achieves. Part of it, I think, is just knowing that you parents care about how well you are doing, and therefor you try harder in order to impress them. However, I hesitate to be judgmental of parents that aren't performing very well in this category, as I'm sure in some situations it would be extremely difficult to work all day and then spend more time helping your child with their homework, on top of all the other things you need to do around the house. I'm sure single parents (an ever-rising statistic) are especially hard-pressed.

  4. My mom is a math teacher and has greatly influenced my passion to stay in school and to get a degree. Without a positive influence like my mother, i couldn't even imagine where i would be today.

  5. My parents were always on me about my grades.If they werent pushing me I probably wouldnt have done as well as I did in school.


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